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Does My Business Need A Manual Or Electric Water-Activated Tape Dispenser?

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By: Better Packages on June 3rd, 2016

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To save money and increase packer productivity, you’ll want to consider water-activated tape (WAT) and an easy-to-use WAT dispenser. Whether you send out several packages on a regular basis or need a cost-effective solution for a high volume packaging environment, there’s a dispenser to fit your needs.

But how do you know which style dispenser will work best for your business? Read on to learn more about water-activated tape dispensers to help you better decide which options are best suited for your specific packaging needs. 

BP333Plus1.jpgManual Water-Activated Tape Dispenser 

Manual dispensers are a great solution for shipping environments packing and sealing several cartons per day. Manual dispensers don’t require electricity to function and are useful in areas with few to no electrical outlets. Depending upon the dispenser model, they may be readily portable. The simplest models have “pull-and-tear” functionality, suitable for situations where packing is an infrequent activity. More elaborate manual dispensers include preset tape lengths on clearly marked dials that allow you to choose the tape length required. Often, all you do is set the length you need, pull a lever, remove the tape and seal the carton.

Manual machines are a great solution for a company that is packing few cartons. They are relatively low cost and allow companies to enjoy the many benefits of water-activated tape.

Learn more about Better Packages Manual Water-Activated Tape Dispensers

Electric Water-Activated Tape Dispenser 

Electric dispensers provide medium-to high-volume packaging operatBP555eS.jpgions (generally over 50 to 75 packages per day). These dispensers are fast, reliable and enhance packer productivity. Generally, all a packer needs to do is press a button for the tape length required and the tape will be rapidly dispensed. This ease of use means that workers will not tire as they often do when using hand-held tape guns with plastic tape repetitively. As a result, worker productivity is enhanced and the risk of repetitive stress injury is greatly reduced.

Electric WAT dispenser models offer a wide variety of productivity-enhancing features including foot pedals for hands-free dispensing, tape aerials that simplify the dispensing of long tape lengths and an automatic tape advance feature that provides a new piece of tape once the prior one is removed. These features allow staff to get more work done in less time.

The best electric WAT dispensers are UL approved, providing customers with the assurance of worker safety. A sampling of safety features includes a safety interlock switch that disables the cutting mechanism when the cover is open, (protecting your workers when loading a new roll of tape), and an automatic cutoff feature that prevents the motor from overheating after extensive use.

Learn more about Better Packages Electric Water-Activated Tape Dispensers. 

Water-Activated Tape 

Water-activated tape creates a permanent bond to the corrugated carton so only one strip is needed, saving your business time and money. The packages that you ship are tamper-evident, providing you with peace of mind. WAT comes in a wide variety of strengths and roll sizes and can be either Kraft colored or white. WAT is a great vehicle for your branding or messages and the tape can be printed on in either black & white ink or full color.  

Want to find the perfect Water-Activated Tape for your business? Click below to see which product will work best for your specific packaging needs. 

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About Better Packages

Founded in 1917, Better Packages is a leading manufacturer of tabletop water-activated tape (WAT) dispensers used in carton sealing. Better Packages’ product line includes auto-dispensing electric machines that are used in high volume fulfillment centers, as well as manual dispensers. In the U.S., Better Packages sells through multiple channels that include industrial and packaging distributors and catalog wholesalers, as well as direct to end-user customers. Its distribution network consists of over 160 authorized distributors including Tier 1 shipping and packaging. Better Packages also has another 50 international distributors that service over 70 countries. Better Packages is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intertape Polymer Group (IPG), an acknowledged leader in the packaging industry. IPG sells a full line of Central® water-activated tape, as well as many other premier packaging products.